Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jason Weinberger - 131103 - Music Manumit Podcast

Jason Weinberger
Jason Weinberger (Photo credit: wcfsymphony)

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In this episode:
We talk with creative commons conductor Jason Weinberger.

Here are  Doug's notes from the interview. (pictures under CC too!)

The first of a November of firsts!

Tell us about your work and tell us what’s new!
Jason Weinberger

orchestra conductor

occasionally other stuff

As an ensemble they release

in the midst of changing things

Tom asks a lot of questions!

Luckily, Jason has answers

before 60-70 people get on board, you have to deal with publishers

If there’s a CBA, it can be even tougher

Administration and musicians

non-union group

How are things changing?
not a 52-week orchestra...perform a few times a month

gets complex because classical music “doesn’t sell”

studio orchestras are a different deal

WCF Symphony’s primary activity is performing...recording is secondary

Rubin and Ed!

Jason knows!

it’s a bizarre film...a comedy

Public Domain and CC?
most symphonies are essentially large cover bands!

trying to move in the direction of getting stuff out there...if it’s PD

trying to do it with as much as possible

What about when you have guest performers?

How do you convince a full band or band financial director to license under CC?
it depends

Jason is starting to get “oldish”

younger people have a different sense about an audience

there’s a recognition that people experience music differently

classical music is all about changes

classical music has been remixing itself for 400 years

each conductor does things differently

the recorded orchestras

How does the symphony pick your set list?

Do you need the conductor? ...the conducting is actually a small part

player experience is important

timelines: music might need to be marked

Bugs Bunny orchestra

Ever do experimental stuff?
John Zorn is great example. Pioneering spirit in ensemble music scene.

You can get Zorn in a symphony, but there are technical challenges.

a big responsibility for the future of symphonies

you might freak out the squares!

jazz and classical musicians sometimes like what they like

How much is geared regionally?
definitely try to find local connections.

should be local, organic thing wherever you are

one of the goals is to be a positive force for Iowa

Do the publishers give a license for the marking?

sometimes things were edited badly

Beethoven's symphonies were notoriously bad

must purchase

West Side story example

often composers don’t want the first performances recorded

sometimes you have to rework things, but it happens less and less as versions get betters

never play Mahler the way as Bach, because of the history

Have you ever thought of doing stuff live on the Internet?
Stream now on occasion

Will be broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio

What drew you to Creative Commons?
cool services like vimeo and SoundCloud

So, what’s the deal with Tumblr?
170k followers...that’s a lot!

He was promoted by Tumblr

Tumblr has historically been pro-creator

Tumblr was and still is he thinks a good place for creatives

many young and international people following on Tumblr

INSANE symbol crash from Mahler

plot of Amadeus!

Who are some people you think we should try to get on the show (aka, who are the important people in Creative Commons music today)?

Radio Host at Public Media in Louisville: Daniel Gilliam...a composer

Conor Hanick from Iowa

Matt the Cellist was on NPR

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
Right now is a remarkable time.

More access to music than ever (Doug thinks this statement is pretty safe, despite Jason’s slight hedging)

CC is sometimes about exposure

mainstay still there...people still coming to shows.